Laurie_Haller_photo1Laurie Haller is a United Methodist pastor who lives in Birmingham, Michigan, and has served a variety of local churches for the past thirty years. She has an intense curiosity about the world and its people, a passion for spiritual leadership, and a heart for bringing in God’s kingdom on this earth. Laurie is currently serving as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Birmingham. You can find her on the journey: serving, running, singing, writing, tending her spirit, advocating for the least of God’s children, and leading from the heart.

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  1. Thanks for sharing. Laurie, did you ever meet Dr. Todd Farley? He was assistant minister with 2nd Congregational Church, I believe, but not sure. He is our pastor now. He is also a mime who studied mime with Marcel Marceau in Paris. I hope that Bay View invites him to lecture sometime.

    • Hey, I worked with Todd! Yes, he was interim pastor at Second…great worship leader. He even did cartwheels down the center aisle during one service. Now what pastor can say they did that!

  2. Welcome to First United in Birmingham, Laurie. I have enjoyed your “Cruising” sermons. I do not belong to the church but have been actively involved with Art & Soul for over a year. I hope you join us downtown one day.

    Barbara Van Every

    • Thank you, Barbara. I look forward to hearing more about Art and Soul. Thank you for your involvement in this important ministry.

  3. Kurt Kimble introduced me to your writings. Thank you for that openness and effort. I’d like to read more of them in the future.

  4. Regarding the article about pies, bless all those who have compassion for others and thanks, Laurie, for putting Christ (as in Jesus Christ) back in the term CHRISTian. Last time I looked in the Bible, it said that Jesus did not come to condemn the world but save it. Why do people keep forgetting that?

  5. I used to get your posts and would like to get them again. Thanks. I’m a life long Methodist and attend St. Paul’s in GR.

    • Pat, Thanks for your email. I am sorry that you are no longer receiving my blog. Please go to On the right hand side you will see the word “Subscribe” and a space to put in your email. Just click subscribe and you should get on the email list. Blessings to you.

  6. Hi Laurie,
    Just read your article in Leading Ideas, about “stupid things” we do. I liked it of course; but, just one question. Did you ever find the Honda keys? ?

  7. Hi Laurie,
    I enjoyed your blog on VBS. I am from a small rural United Methodist Church in OH (a very small dot on the Ohio map) I was wondering if you would consider sending me an email. We are a very small village, and the Church and Fire hall are the center of the community. We are struggling with the safe sanctuary policy of the Church and how it applies to small churches. I noticed you mentioned you used youth helpers, which is what we always did, too. Once the kids reach 6th grade, they still wanted to come, so we incorporated a teen class, to do service projects or they help the teachers with the little ones. Our attendance to VBS is from 60-75 kids. So, it is a big community outreach, and we need our youth helpers and outside parent helpers. The required background check and youth under 18 not allowed to be alone with the children (like walking them back and forth to the bathroom – you know once one goes they all have to go ).

    I am sorry to bother you with this problem, but I thought maybe you knew if for cases like VBS the rules are relaxed. I sure hate to see this opportunity to serve the community go away.

    I just stumbled on your blog, from the West Ohio Conference email, and enjoyed it . It so clearly spelled out what VBS can do for a community.

    If I could email, I could send you any more information you might need, and that I did not want to post. Thanks in advance, for your help.


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